MORGANTOWN, W. Va. –The Central Michigan soccer team suffered its first loss of the season against the 10th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers, 4-0, on Friday evening at a crowded Dick Dlesk stadium.
- Freshman goalkeeper Heather Laeufer made her first career start in net, recording seven saves, including five in the first half against a strong Mountaineer scoring attack.
“Heather stepped up and showed maturity beyond her years," said CMU head coach Peter McGahey. "Like the result of the game, she played hard and deserving despite a disappointing effort. West Virginia is a top-ranked team and this experience will definitely benefit us.”
- The Mountaineers notched their first score of the game when Cari Price headed her first career goal from a corner sent by Frances Silva in the 40th minute. The sophomore defender added a second goal in 85th minute.
- West Virginia carried the momentum early into the second half, as 2012 All-Big 12 First Team forward Kate Schwindel delivered a strike in the 49th minute to give the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead.
- Redshirt freshman Eliza Van de Kerkhove nearly scored on a quality opportunity when her shot was deflected by WVU goalkeeper Sara Keane late in the second half. Estee Outcalt and Morgan Wilcoxon also applied pressure on the Mountaineers both recording shots on goal.
- Frances Silva led West Virginia with three shots on goal and two assists. Silva's second assist was a result of goal in the 72nd minute by sophomore forward Annalika Steyn to make the score 3-0.
- The Chippewas will continue their six-game road campaign on Sunday, Sept. 1 when they visit the Pittsburgh Panthers at Ambrose Urbanic Field.